Yesterday, we brought you footage of Justin Trudeau having a temper tantrum in the House of Commons during which he elbowed a female MP. There’s a lot of hyperbole on all sides so I'll explain exactly what happened, and it isn't good.
What he did was beyond unbecoming of a Prime Minister. It was beneath him, his office and the House itself. MP’s have been ejected from legislatures for less.
The HOC was meeting to vote on a motion for time allocation on Bill C-14, the assisted suicide bill. Essentially, the Liberals were shutting down debate. Governments can do this and all have done it but while in opposition, the Liberals denounced the Conservatives whenever they sought to close debate to force a vote. Now that they’re in power, the Liberals do this faster and more often than the Conservatives did.
Bill C-14 represents a major change for Canada. Both sides have problems with the current bill and want amendments. The Liberal response is to reject any and all amendments and shove the bill through.
As MP’s gathered Wednesday night to vote on ending debate, opposition MP's stalled a little to show the governing Liberals that they weren’t pleased their Parliamentary rights were being trampled.
The delay that set Trudeau off causing him to march across the aisle to manhandle fellow MPs was 46 seconds. For this, the PM became enraged, grabbed the CPC whip by the arm, dragging him towards his seat. In the process he elbowed NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau in the breast. From her reaction, you can see it hurt. She didn’t know the camera was on her since that angle is rarely captured in the House. Were it not for the vote taking place, it wouldn’t have been filmed for the public to see.
Is this an attack on women, or an assault on feminism? No, but given how often Justin Trudeau has played his “I’m a feminist” card, he had this criticism coming.
Is it assault? It does fit the definition passed by Parliament. Section 265 reads:
(1) A person commits an assault when
(a) without the consent of another person, he applies force intentionally to that other person, directly or indirectly;
While grabbing one MP, Trudeau acknowledges he realized he hit someone else and didn’t turn around to say sorry or check if they were okay? Some gentleman.
None of this is acceptable in the House of Commons or any workplace. If you behaved like this in your workplace, you’d be fired or disciplined. The Speaker of the House stated clearly that Trudeau manhandled fellow members and this is not acceptable.
Trudeau’s initial response was that he was just trying to “help” the Conservative whip get to where he was trying to go. After being chastised by MP after MP and the speaker, Trudeau offered a non-apology apology. The kind where you say that you are sorry but …
Former speaker of the House, CPC MP Andrew Scheer noted the Liberals ran on bringing a new tone of respect to Parliament and they’re failing. NDP MP Peter Julian said this is the type of thing we see happening in other countries when we watch TV, and he’s right. This is the type of thing you see in far off lands, not Canada.
Justin Trudeau was not a prime minister on Wednesday, he was a prime bully.
He often speaks out against bullying, saying there’s never an excuse for any kind of violence against women but when a vote on one of his bills is delayed, he storms across the legislature, grabs people, yells at them and tells them to get the F out of his way.
That is a bully tactic, a dictatorial tactic. We know he likes China and now he's emulating it. We deserve better as Canadians.